Definitions for: Obstruct


[v] block passage through; "obstruct the path"
[v] hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ob*struct", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obstructed; p. pr.
& vb. n. Obstructing.] [L. obstructus, p. p. of obstruere
to build up before or against, to obstruct; ob (see Ob-) +
struere to pile up. See Structure.]
1. To block up; to stop up or close, as a way or passage; to
place an obstacle in, or fill with obstacles or
impediments that prevent or hinder passing; as, to
obstruct a street; to obstruct the channels of the body.

'T is the obstructed paths of sound shall clear.
--Pope.

2. To be, or come, in the way of; to hinder from passing; to
stop; to impede; to retard; as, the bar in the harbor
obstructs the passage of ships; clouds obstruct the light
of the sun; unwise rules obstruct legislation. ``Th'
impatience of obstructed love.'' --Johnson.

Syn: To bar; barricade; stop; arrest; check; interrupt; clog;
choke; impede; retard; embarrass; oppose.

Synonyms: block, block, blockade, close up, embarrass, hinder, impede, jam, obturate, occlude, stymie, stymy

Antonyms: disengage, free

See Also: asphyxiate, back up, bar, barricade, barricado, block off, block out, block up, blockade, bottleneck, check, choke, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, dam, dam up, earth up, filibuster, forbid, foreclose, forestall, foul, hang, hinder, land up, preclude, prevent, screen, stonewall, suffocate, tie up

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